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Music students on cultural exchange visit

This month, 19 Alfred University (AU) students and alumni will be on a 16-day tour of China, co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute at the University and the AU Study Abroad program. The group will visit five cities and perform exchange concerts at three institutions during the tour.

The concerts will take place at Universities: Hohhot (inner Mongolia); Changsha; and Wuhan.   The students will also visit Beijing, Shanghai, and ZhangJiaJie National Forest, a national park where the film “Avatar” was shot.

The AU musicians participating in the excursion include four Guzheng (Chinese zither) players and a small choir of 13 students.

Renee Vogelle from Miller Place; Ricky Lopez, New York City; Vanessa Englerth, Rochester; and Alexander Harder, Colton, have spent the semester working with Daisey Wu of the AU Confucius Institute to perfect four Chinese folk songs on the Guzheng. While in China they will play as a solo ensemble but will also accompany the choir on a song about the Liu Yang River.

The choir includes students Rachel Romack from Brookdale; Aubrey Fry, Greenwood; Rebecca Hayes, Manorville; Kasey (Cassandra) Hall, Bath; Julie Verdone, Rocky River, Ohio; Alexandra Long, Spencer; Shannon Cirulnick, Ozone Park; Danny Gray, Madison, WI; Peter Hoskins, Newfield; and Casey Babcock, an Alfred State College student from Hornell; and alumni, Pattilyn McLaughlin ’13, Robert Cilino ’13, and Adam Fiegl ’10.

The choir, under the direction of Dr. Luanne Crosby, professor of voice and chorus, has learned repertoire in both Chinese and English and will combine with Chinese choirs for “Youth Dance” (a piece that won Alfred University Choirs third prize for the Chinese New Year video competition from Hanban’s and “Shenandoah,” an American folk song.